Calls to remove Confederate imagery are multiplying across the South after the killing of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina.

But the efforts targeting statues, flags and license plates pale in comparison to the legions of monuments and other memorials across the states of the Old Confederacy and beyond.

The sudden push to take down the tributes has made converts out of politicians who long supported or stood silent about such symbols. Longtime opponents say it's past time to remove the painful reminders.

Confederate heritage groups call the outcry an overreaction to photos showing the suspected church gunman holding the rebel flag.